The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has implemented a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) policy change to allow producers to utilize harvested hay from CRP acres expiring this fall when those acres are being prepared for fall seeded crops.
Prior to this modification, all mechanically harvested hay was required to be destroyed. This change enables livestock producers to feed the hay that is mechanically harvested to their own livestock or to sell or donate hay. This policy change applies to acres being prepared for fall seeded crops only.
Consistent with existing policy for managed or emergency haying and grazing of eligible CRP acres, rental payments will be reduced by 25 percent for those utilizing this option.
For further information about the Conservation Reserve Program and Emergency Haying and Grazing, producers are encouraged to visit or call Marathon County Farm Service Agency at 715-848-2330 go online to www.fsa.usda.gov. Search under Conservation Programs and Disaster Assistance.